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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks

TDOT Halting Road Construction for Labor Day Holiday Travel

Nashville- The Tennessee Department of Transportation will halt all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways for the Labor Day holiday travel period.  Construction crews will stop all lane closure activity beginning at noon on Friday, August 31 through 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 4.  This will provide maximum roadway capacity for motorists traveling during the busy Labor Day holiday.

"The labor day holiday is a busy travel time,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “We want to ensure that the thousands of travelers using Tennessee’s roadways during this period arrive at their destinations quickly and safely without being impeded by road construction delays.”

While lane closure activity will be stopped, workers will still be on site in many construction zones, and drivers are urged to obey posted speed limits. Drivers convicted of speeding in work zones where workers are present face a fine of $250 to $500, plus court fees and possible increased insurance premiums. 

From your desktop or mobile device, get the latest construction activity and live streaming SmartWay traffic cameras at www.TNSmartWay.com/Traffic. Travelers can also dial 511 from any land-line or cellular phone for travel information, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TN511 for statewide travel. As always, drivers are reminded to use all motorist information tools wisely and Know Before You Go! by checking travel conditions before leaving for your destination. Drivers should never tweet, text or talk on a cell phone while behind the wheel.

Martin's Soybean Festival Gets Underway This Weekend

Martin, Tenn.- Martin’s Tennessee Soybean Festival get’s underway this weekend with a lot of activity planned and plenty of great music acts set. Music acts include Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers on Sunday September 2nd, Jackson Symphony Wednesday September 5th, Switchfoot Thursday September 6th, Foreigner and 38 Special, Friday September 7th, and Gretchen Wilson and Big and Rich Saturday September 8th. For a full schedule of events visit www.tnsoybeanfestival.org.

Farmer's Market Opens at 3pm Friday at Fairgrounds

Paris, Tenn.- The Farmer’s Market will be set up at the Fairgrounds Friday at 3pm with some fruits and veggies, baked items, jellies, and other items for sell. The market will continue until around 6pm or items are sold out.

MSU College of Business Offering Guide for Young Entreprenuers

Murray, Ky.- The Murray State University Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business Small Business Development Center has launched a new Books to Business program to guide college students on their path to becoming entrepreneurs.

Balancing schoolwork and the entrepreneurial dream can be a challenge. Subsequently, the Books to Business program is geared toward helping students get on the right track to starting a business in Kentucky by providing mentorship while in school. Students can receive no-cost, confidential consulting services and guidance on business plan development, start-up steps, financing source locations, cash flow management and more.

The program rollout, which officially began Aug. 1, includes mentors speaking to entry-level business classes and referrals from University business professors. The Murray State Small Business Development Center, along with its Owensboro office, services 24 counties in western Kentucky.

For more information about the Books to Business program, please call the Murray State Small Business Development Center at 270-809-2856.

The Murray State Small Business Development Center is a member of the Kentucky Small Business Development Center (KSBDC). KSBDC is a network of 12 offices located throughout the Commonwealth that partners with universities to assist existing and start-up businesses succeed by offering high-quality, in-depth and hands-on services. These services include no-cost confidential business consultations, affordable business workshops, seminars and research opportunities to make informed business decisions. For more information on the Murray State Small Business Development Center, visit ksbdc.org or call 270-809-2856.

Pats Travel to Dyer Co. for District Game Friday Night

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County will travel to Dyer County for high school football action Friday night. If you can’t make the trip be sure and tune into our broadcast beginning at 6:30pm on WLZK 94.1FM, streaming online at wmufradio.com, or via your phone by calling 563-999-3349, just remember standard rates will apply on the phones. Henry County is 2-0 on the young season and Friday night’s game with Dyer County is a District game.

Marching Patriots Holding BBQ and Car Wash Fundrasier Sat.

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County High School Marching Patriots will hold a fundraiser at Kroger on Saturday September 1st from 10am to 2pm. They will offer a $5 car wash, $8 for a BBQ sandwich, chips, and drink or $10 for both the car wash and bbq plate. With the $10 donation or purchase of a $10 car wash and BBQ combo you will be entered into a drawing for your chance to win a $100 Kroger Gift Card. Money raised helps the Marching Patriots.

TDH Urges Measures to Avoid West Nile Virus

Nashville- The Tennessee Department of Health urges Tennesseans to take preventive steps to avoid mosquito-borne diseases. West Nile virus is the most common mosquito-borne virus circulating in Tennessee. TDH has seen a recent increase in West Nile virus in mosquito testing in addition to human cases. Sadly, this includes two recent WNV deaths in Shelby County.

“We all know mosquitoes aren’t just a nuisance. Last year 30 Tennesseans were infected with West Nile virus and sadly, we saw two recent deaths in Shelby County,” said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH. “Most but not all healthy people can fight off West Nile virus infection, but some get seriously ill with major consequences like severe pain, long-term or permanent nerve or brain damage and even death. This is a critical time of year and it’s up to all of us to do what we can to keep ourselves and others safe from mosquito bites.”

In most years, the majority of human West Nile cases in Tennessee occur in August and September. All Tennesseans are advised to use mosquito protection for the remainder of the summer and early fall.

“It’s important to know there is no vaccine to prevent West Nile virus. The best way to protect yourself from West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne diseases is by preventing mosquito bites,” said State Epidemiologist Tim Jones, MD. “People can take simple steps to prevent mosquito bites and control mosquito breeding sites around their homes.”

In addition to West Nile virus, Tennessee has seen six cases of La Crosse encephalitis in children so far this year. TDH encourages everyone to follow these precautions to avoid mosquito bites:

• Use insect repellants such as DEET, Picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535 on your skin, following all label recommendations for use. Pay particular attention to recommendations for use on children, and never apply any of these products around the mouth or eyes at any age. Consult your health care provider if you have questions.
• Reduce mosquito populations around your home. Mosquitoes can breed in any place that holds water, including clogged drains or gutters, watering cans and empty bottles.
• Use products containing permethrin, a highly effective insecticide, for clothing, shoes, bed nets and camping gear. Permethrin-treated clothing repels and kills ticks, mosquitoes and other pests and retains this effect after repeated laundering. Some commercial products are available pretreated with permethrin. As a caution, however, it is not to be used directly on skin.
• Wear ’long, loose and light’ clothing to help prevent bites through fabric. It’s best to wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants. Tuck your pants into your socks and your shirt into your pants. Light-colored clothes are less attractive to many insects and may allow you to spot them more easily.

TDH conducts mosquito testing to look for West Nile and other mosquito-borne viruses from May to October. Learn more at www.tn.gov/health/information-for-individuals/i/fact-sheets/west-nile-virus.html.

Three Rifles Missing from Elkhorn Road Home

Paris, Tenn.- Cpl. David Andrews of the Henry County Sheriff's Office took a report of three missing rifles from a motor home on Elkhorn Road. The home had others items stolen earlier in the summer and came back to notice the rifles missing this week. The value of the guns is around $1500 total and there are no suspects.

Woodlands Nature Center at LBL Offering Sunset Canoe Trip Sat.

Golden Pond, Ky.- Woodlands Nature Station at Land Between the Lakes will have a sunset canoe trip on Saturday September 1st. Come enjoy the nooks and crannies of Lake Barkely’s scenic bays. Cost to rent a canoe is $25. Call 270-924-2020 to reserve your spot.

Raptor-iffic Weekend Planned at LBL Nature Station

Paris, Tenn.- Woodlands Nature Station at Land Between the Lakes will host Raptor-iffic Weekend, Labor Day Weekend, Saturday through Monday, September 1-3, 2018.          

Visitors will mingle with Smokey Bear, look an eagle in the eye, get up close encounters with hawks and owls, search for nesting osprey and investigate owl pellets in the Nature Station’s backyard at Land Between the Lakes. Family programming and kid’s activities are included with standard admission unless otherwise noted.      

“Join us to help celebrate these majestic and fascinating birds at Land Between the Lakes. Bring the whole family to have fun and learn about native raptors, including the bald eagle, great-horned owl, turkey vulture and the tiny adorable screech owl” says Tim Johnson, Friends of Land Between the Lakes naturalist. “We’re also offering two canoe trips that weekend for people to view wild raptors like osprey and potentially eagles from the water. We usually see a lot of native birds, mammals and reptiles along the shoreline and on the water during these outings.”       

Nestled in the woods between Honker and Hematite Lakes, the Nature Station serves as a gateway to the 6800-acre Nature Watch Area. The knowledgeable Friends of Land Between the Lakes staff also serve as “go to” specialists for wildlife viewing.           

Nature Station’s admission is $5.00 Ages 13-Up, $3.00 Age 5-12, and free Ages 4 and Under. Call 270-924-2020 to pre-register for guided canoe trips Monday through Friday 8:00am-4:30pm. Daily canoe & kayak rentals will continue throughout the weekend, 10am-4:30pm, weather permitting. For more details call 270-924-2299. Nature Station staffing and programming is provided by the Friends of Land Between the Lakes.

Barrs Chapel Church Holding BBQ Sunday, Monday

Paris, Tenn.- Barrs Chapel Church will host a bbq Sunday September 2nd at 4pm and running through Monday 3rd. They will sell bbq sandwiches pork or chicken for $5 or whole plates for $8 which include baked beans and slaw. Contact Ida Thornton or any member of Barrs Chapel for advance ticket sales. Call Ida at 363-0002.

KSP Arrests Calloway County Man on Sexual Explotiation Charges

Murray, Ky.- On August 28, 2018, at approximately 6:19 p.m., the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Derik G. Timmons, 38, on charges related to distribution and possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.

Timmons was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering Timmons sharing files of child sexual exploitation online.

The investigation resulted in the execution of a search warrant at a residence in Almo on August 28, 2018. Equipment used to facilitate the crime was seized and taken to KSP’s forensic laboratory for examination. The investigation is ongoing.

Timmons is currently charged with three counts of distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, 20 counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor and one count of tampering with physical evidence. Each charge is a Class-D felony punishable by one to five years in prison.

He was lodged in the Calloway County Detention Center.

TN Tourism Has Record Breaking Impact

Nashville- Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Tourist Development Commissioner Kevin Triplett announced Tuesday Tennessee tourism’s direct domestic and international travel expenditures reached a new all-time record high of $20.7 billion in 2017, up 6.3 percent over the previous year, as reported by the U.S. Travel Association. The announcement was made at the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum. 

For the 12th consecutive year, tourism topped $1 billion in state and local sales tax revenue, reaching $1.8 billion. That marks a 7.6 percent increase over 2016, higher than the national growth of travel related state tax revenues of 4.6 percent. Tourism also generated 184,300 jobs for Tennesseans, a 3.1 percent growth year over year.


“Counties, cities and rural communities work hard to make our state a premier destination, welcoming visitors from around the world,” Haslam said.  “Our state’s second biggest industry continues to see outstanding growth, break visitation records, boost Tennessee’s economy and create new jobs. The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and Tennessee Tourism Committee continue to produce record results that fuel our state’s economy.”

All 95 counties enjoyed an increase in tourism expenditures. Each county saw more than $1 million in direct travel expenditures in the economic impact of tourism. Five counties exceeded one billion in travel expenditures, including Davidson ($6.505 billion), Shelby ($3.503 billion), Sevier ($2.276 billion), Hamilton ($1.112 billion), and Knox ($1.097 billion). 


“The growth of the tourism industry and its economic impact comes from guests discovering the world-class food, history and culture, scenic beauty and outdoors and experiences that make Tennessee ‘The Soundtrack of America.’” Commissioner Kevin Triplett said. “The authenticity and Southern hospitality from our communities and partners gives visitors an unbeatable experience and inspires them to return. The numbers show Tennessee is a destination of choice for visitors around the world. However, we would not have these numbers if not for the capital investments, renovations and dedication made by tourism partners across the state to deliver great experiences that create wonderful memories.”

A record 113.6 million person stays also were recorded in 2017, according to U.S. Travel. Those numbers place Tennessee among the Top 10 travel destinations in the nation for the fourth consecutive year. Tennessee is also considered a top retirement destination.

The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development works with local convention and visitors’ bureaus, chambers of commerce and city and county leaders in all 95 counties to draw and welcome people to the state. The Tennessee Tourism Committee, chaired by Colin Reed of Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. formed in 2011. Gov. Haslam appointed the Tennessee tourism committee, made up of tourism leaders in both the public and private sectors to help bring travelers to Tennessee.

HCHS Golf Competes Mon., Tues.

Paris and Murray- Henry County competed in golf matches Monday and Tuesday. On Monday at the Paris Country Club against Stewart and Houston County Henry County Lady Patriots shot an 85 as a team defeating Stewart County who shot a 93. Sydney Williams shot a 40 and Raven Page a 45.

The Patriots shot a 175 Monday but were bested in team play by Stewart County’s 171 and Houston County’s 173. Individually Eli Ridgeway had a 43 as did Jameson Robbins. Jack Foster shot a 44 and Chase Wyrick a 45.

On Tuesday, Henry County defeated Calloway County and Murray High at Murray with a 169. Calloway had a 181 and Murray High a 193. Individually Jack Foster had a 40, Jameson Robbins 42, Eli Ridgeway 43, Chase Wyrick 44.

In girls action Tuesday, Murray shot an 83, Henry County 91, Calloway 106. Sydney Williams had a 41, Annie Veazey a 50.

Good Crowd on a A Steamy Night for August Cruise-in

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association's monthly cruise-in was held Tuesday night from 5:30-7pm on the courtsquare and even with a hot and humid night a good crowd still ventured out and enjoyed the classic cars on display. Mark and Tabitha McWherter and Jim Merrell joined up for the first time in several years for a Trifekta reunion playing some great oldies, country, and rock and roll music. Perry's BBQ was also on hand selling food. Cruise-ins are held the 4th Tuesdays of the month April thru September.

Fall Hunting Brochures Available at TN, Cross Creeks Refuge

Paris, Tenn.- Fall hunting seasons are just around the corner and Tennessee and Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge have hunt brochures available at the refuge visitor’s centers along with being available online. The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge provides hunting opportunities on all three of its units for white-tailed deer, raccoon, wild turkey, squirrel, and resident Canada Goose. Cross Creeks provides hunts for all except racoon.

Hunt brochures are available at Cross Creeks NWR, 643 Wildlife Road in Dover or online at www.fws.gov/refuge/Cross_Creeks and for Tennessee NWR at 1371 Wildlife Drive in Springville or online at www.fws.gov/refuge/Tennessee.

All quota and non-quota hunters age 17 and older must purchase a Refuge Annual Hunting Permit for a fee of $15. The permit allows you to hunt on both refuges. Hunters can purchase the permits thru TWRA licensing agents, online at gooutdoorstennessee.com or the TWRA mobile app. Youth hunters age 16 and under do not need a permit. For more information call 642-2091.

BBQ Fundraiser for Veterans Housing Options Planned Sunday

Paris, Tenn.- Almost Home Veterans N RV Park at 265 Rice Lane in Springville will host a Concert N BBQ this Sunday September 2nd in a fundraising effort to build 25 cabins to eventually be low cost homes for Veterans in the Community. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the event and includes all you can eat pulled pork BBQ, bologna, chicken, and Ribs along with slaw, baked beans, and potato salad.

Gates open at 10:30am and several musical acts will perform. For advanced tickets go to the American Legion Post 89, AmVets on Hwy. 79 in Buchanan, Henry County Golf Carts, Shears the Salon, and the VFW on Hwy. 79 in Paris. For more information call 615-289-5641 or visit www.almosthomervpark.com.

City of Paris Announces Labor Day Closings

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris has announced Labor Day Closings for Monday September 3rd. The City of Paris Public Works Department will be closed Labor Day and Monday and Tuesday’s sanitation routes will be run Tuesday September 4th. The Landfill will be closed Monday as will the Animal Shelter and Paris Civic Center. All will reopen Tuesday.

Retirement Reception for Connie McSwain Set for Friday Night

Paris, Tenn.- Longtime W.G. Rhea Public Library Director Connie McSwain will be honored with a thank you party this Friday August 31st from 5-6:30pm, hosted by the Friends of the Library. Connie is retiring after 19 years of service to the library, the longest serving Library Director in the history of Rhea Library. Light Refreshments will be served.

Olive Road Back Open

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department has reopened Olive Road after closing it the last couple weeks for bridge repair.

Thefts, Counterfeit Bills Investigated

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated a fishing boat with a 115 horsepower motor, boat trailer, fish finder, and air compressor were stolen from a home on Rabbit Creek Road. The value of the items stolen was just under $10K and there are no suspects at this time. Investigation is continuing.

Ptl. Amber Roaten of the Paris Police Department will be issuing warrants on Joshua D. Scott, age 25 of 110 McDaniel Lane for criminal simulation after Scott was seen on video passing a $100 counterfeit bill. No arrests have been made as of yet.

Lt. Michael Ramos of the Paris Police Department is investigating the theft of a 52 inch TV from a home on East Washington Street. The residents are in the process of moving and came back to get more items this past weekend and noticed the TV missing. There was no forced entry.

Wreck at MW and Tyson Delays Traffic Tues. Morning

Paris, Tenn.- A wreck were a power pole was broken caused some major traffic headaches early Tuesday morning at Pocket's at the corner of Mineral Wells and Tyson Avenue. Paris Police were on scene directing traffic and BPU crews were repairing the pole. There are no words on injuries from the wreck at this time. (Mechelle Robbins photos)

Chamber Coffee Hed at Rhea Tuesday Morning

Paris, Tenn.- Rhea Elementary was the host of the Chamber Coffee on Tuesday morning with Paris Specical School District Superintendent Dr. Norma Gerrell welcoming  the crowd. Tours of the newly renovated areas were given at the Chamber Coffee as well. (David Jackson photo)

Lifeline Bloodmobile at HCMC Wed.

Paris, Tenn.- Lifeline Blood services will be at Henry County Medical Center on Wednesday August 29th from 9am to 11:30am and again from 12:30pm to 4pm at the Cafeteria. All eligible donors are encouraged to come and give blood. Blood supplies are at a critical low with the Labor Day Holiday approaching.

Anyone age 17 and older and weighing at least 110 pounds can donate blood. The staff will ask you questions regarding your medical history and they will be kept confidential. Be sure and bring a valid ID. Lifeline is the sole provider for blood and blood products to Henry County Medical Center as well as 17 other hospitals in West Tennessee. For more information visit www.lifelinebloodserv.org.

DPA Aug. Cruise-In Tuesday with Trifekta Performing

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association’s Cruise-In will be held Tuesday from 5:30pm-7pm on the court square in downtown Paris. All classic cars are welcome and door prizes for car owners will be given away every 15 minutes. Trifekta will be the musical entertainment and Perry’s BBQ will be selling BBQ.

Farmer's Market Opens at 3pm Tuesday at Fairgrounds

Paris, Tenn.- The Farmer’s Market will be open once again at the Fairgrounds at 3pm this afternoon. They have a huge variety still of freshly picked fruits and veggies along with homemade dessert items, breads, canned goods, and jams and jellies. The Farmer’s Market is also at the Fairgrounds at 3pm on Fridays. 

Night of Recognition, Remembering at HC Commission Meeting

Members of the HC No Fly Zone team and coaches recognized at Monday's County Commission meeting. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- It was a night of recognition and remembering at the Henry County Commission meeting Monday night as the Henry County No Fly Zone Shooting team was honored and outgoing commissioners and others were recognized for their years of service.

The No Fly Zone, with head coach Commissioner Drew Williams and other coaches, were recognized after a recent dominating performance at the National Clay Targets Shooting Championships. Henry County placed at the High School, Jr. High, and Elementary School level and several team members were on hand Monday night. County Mayor Brent Greer presented them all with copies of the resolution honoring them and told them to continue to practice their shooting and keep placing and winning championships.

Towards the end of the meeting, Mayor Greer honored longtime Commissioner Paul Mathenia, who served his last meeting after losing his seat in the August election by only 3 votes. Commissioner Mathenia stood up at the beginning of the meeting to thank those who ran and wished Jerry Berry, who will take the seat next month all the best. Commissioners Mathenia also thanked all the voters of the third district for their years of support and said, “Mayor Greer and his staff are the best things that ever happened to Henry County.”

At the end of the meeting, Mayor Greer called Commissioner Mathenia up and presented him with the years of service award from the Tennessee County Commissioners Association and Loyal Patriot Award, the highest honored bestowed upon a Henry County citizen for serving on the commission since 1998. Mayor Greer said, “we’ve done a lot of good things in 20 years and you will be missed.”

Mayor Greer then honored his secretary Debbie Simmons who will be retiring after the September Commission meeting. Debbie has worked in the County Mayor’s office for 17 years and Mayor Greer said, “I’m not sure what in the world any of us would’ve done without her.”

Mayor Greer then presented Commissioner Kenneth Humphreys with a plaque from the Tennessee County Commissioners Association for his 32 years of service on the County Commission as they honor commissioners every year who have served over 20 years.

Commission Modifies Victim Assessment Fees

Paris, Tenn.- In other business the commission voted to modify the victim’s assistance assessment fee to $45 in court cases with one third going to Carl Perkin’s Center, one third to WRAP, and one third to CASA and $3 collected as a court fee; remove Brogdon Cemetery Road from the County Road listing as the Highway Department doesn’t maintain it anymore; appointed Matthew McClure as the medical investigator as he has agreed to receive regular education and continued training; accepted the recognition of Danny Tucker as County Coroner; and quitclaimed undeveloped cul-de-sac plat on the Russwood Shores Subdivision Unit.

IMS Girls Cross Country Wins Camden Invitational

Avery Bryan running in the Dresden met earlier in August. (Coach Kelly Lassiter photos)

Camden, Tenn.- Inman Middle School’s Lady Bulldogs Varsity squad took the top honors Thursday evening at the first Camden Cross Country Invitational.
The team won first place out of nine qualifying teams during the 1.5-mile meet. Four of the six varsity runners finished in the top 15, including third place finisher Sara Mathis with a time of 10:29. Harlee Veazey finished sixth in the race with a 10:53 while Charlotte Coulston finished 12th with a time of 11:08 and Avery Bryan took the 13th spot in 11:11.Also running in the varsity race were Kylee Perry and Katie Grace Arnold.

7th Grader Jacob Brown competes in the race.

The boys’ varsity team, consisting of Carter Thompson, Bennett Cain, Jacob Brown, Grayson Garland, and Maurcio De La Henriquez also competed Thursday at Camden.

Running junior varsity for the Lady Bulldogs were Maesyn Hart and Rylee Counce.

The Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs also recently competed in the Dresden Jamboree, with 11 of the 16 runners placing in the top 20 of their respective races for the one-mile course.

This is the fifth year for the Cross Country program at Inman and the Lady Bulldogs are the reigning state champions in the TMSAA Division A category.

HCTA Approves Coon Hunting Events for Dec, March

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Tourism Authority Board met Monday morning and approved funding two events for Coon Hunting Kennel Club. The CHKC World Series will be held December 3-8 of this year and the World Hunt will be March 10th-17th of 2019. The first event should draw around 1500 people into town and the second event should draw 3000.

David Hamilton, Executive Director of the Tourism Authority, told the HCTA that this looks to be a very big event that has been happening in Aurora, Ky, but were very excited to be moving to Henry County. The board approved funding the full request of $20K for the two coon hunting events.

The HCTA board approved funding $33K over 3 years from 2019-2021 for the Kayak Bass Fishing Major Event Rotation. After hosting the National Championship the last few years KBF wants to move around, but agreed to hold some events in Henry County. The events will be the Super Trail in Mid May or early June in 2019, the Trail Series Championship in Late September or Early October in 2020, and the National Championship again in April of 2021.

The board approved $4500 for the Tennessee Bass Federation National Semi-final in October of 2019. The event should draw around 300 anglers and their families. A total of $22K was approved for three tournaments for FLW. One is a 3 day tournament and the other two are one day tournaments.

Cross Country Competes in Hermitage Race

Hermitage, Tenn.- Henry County Cross Country competed in the Voyles Classic in Hermitage over the weekend. In the Girls Varsity race Dinah Winders finished 2nd overall in the 5K with a time of 18:42. Taylor Dunagan finished in 22:43 and Madison Caldwell at 26:29.

In the Boys 5K the team came in 5th place out of 29 competing. Silas winders took 1st overall with a time of 15:40, besting 418 other runners. Cole Davis finished 9th overall with a time of 16:46. Hunter Lawrence, Sam Bruce, Jesse Evans, Devin Pritchett, and Cooper Smith all did well in the race also.

In the boys JV race Hayden Bostick finished 21st. Tyler Johns, Luke Nichols, and Connor Cox also competed.

Prevention Coalition to Host Opioid Forum Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Prevention Coalition and the Tennessee Department of Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Services will sponsor a community forum this Thursday August 30th at the Krider Performing Arts Center from 6-8 pm. The forum, entitled Battling the Opioid Epidemic in Tennessee, will discuss addiction, overdose deaths, and what you can do to help. Speaker will include: Melesa Lassister, Regional Overdose Prevention Specialist, Henry County Sherriff Monte Belew, and Brannon Powell, Lifeline Recovery Specialist. There will be an open question and answer session and light refreshment will be served. For more information contact Melesa Lassiter at 731-819-7603.

Cottage Grove Fire Department Responds to Multiple Fires

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- The Cottage Grove Fire department responded to overlapping calls Friday afternoon where a home was damaged and a truck destroyed. Chief John Weiher said the structure fire was on Highway 140 about a half mile outside Como and was reported by someone who passed by the home and saw smoke. The fire was contained to the back part of the home and attic. There was heavy water damage but parts of the home was salvageable.

As they finished up at the scene, another call came in about a truck fire on Lampkins Road. Chief Wieher said it was fully involved by the time they arrived at the scene and had started somewhere around the engine. No one was injured in either fire.

Smith Heights Road Fire still Under Investigation

Paris, Tenn.- There is still no cause determined for the fire that destroyed part of a home in Paris on 170 Smith Heights road about 7pm Saturday. No one was injured in the blaze as residents and their pets were able to escape. Puryear fire department provided assistance. Investigation is continuing with the Henry County Sherriffs Department.

Henry County Commission Meets at 5 Monday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission meets Monday night in regular session at the courthouse at 5pm. The commission will recognize the Henry County “No Fly Zone” shooting team. The commission will also consider a resolution to approve a capital outlay note in the amount of $113,000 and possibly remove some roads from the county road listing. The meeting is open the public.

Hardin County Man Charged with Possession of Explosives

Hardin County, Tenn.- A joint investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office, and the Savannah Police Department has resulted in the arrest of a Hardin County man.

On Friday, TBI Special Agents began investigating a series of threats posted on social media by Jonathan Edward White. During the course of the investigation, agents determined that White may be in possession of an explosive device.  On Friday evening, White met with agents working in an undercover capacity and provided them with a pipe bomb. Special Operations personnel from the Tennessee Highway Patrol responded and rendered the explosive device safe.

Jonathan White was arrested without incident and charged with one count of Possession of a Prohibited Weapon. He was booked into the Hardin County Jail on a $500,000 bond.

Local Woman Charged with Retaliation

Paris, Tenn.- According to an arrest sheet from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office Patrolman Brandon Steele charged Beverly L. Buie of Hidden Acres Rd. with Retaliation of Past action on Saturday night. Buie was placed on $2500 dollar bond.

LBL 1850's Homeplace to Host Trade Fair

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Homeplace 1850’s Working Farm will host a trade fair September 1st and 2nd from 10am to 4pm at the LBL National Recreation area. Trades and demonstrations include: Old time grist mill, 19th century traveling artist, early Native Indian pottery making, fancy tatted lace making, fine hand knitting and crocheting, General Store, homemade breads and baked goods, honey products and bee keeping, spinning yarn, soap making, basket making, and 19th century dress making.  Admission to the event is $5 dollars for ages 13 and up, $3 dollars ages 5-12, free for 4 and under. For more information contact Jennifer Wheatley at 270-924-2014.

Carver Named to SCORE Committee

Martin, Tenn.- The State Collaborative on Reforming Education has named Dr. Keith Carver, chancellor of the University of Tennessee at Martin, to its steering committee. Carver is one of three new members rotated onto the committee, which is comprised of policymakers, educators, elected officials, business leaders and parents statewide. SCORE is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy and research institution focused on creating educational policies and practices to promote student success statewide. Founded in 2009 by Sen. Bill Frist, former U.S. Senate majority leader, SCORE supports K-12 education across Tennessee and works to ensure that all students graduate high school ready for post secondary education and the workforce.

Patriots Victorious Friday Night

Clarksville, Tenn. - The Henry County Patriots traveled to Austin Peay State University to take on Beech for Friday night football action. The Pats took the win with a final score of 14 - 7.

#5 Jayln Foster powers his way in the end zone on 4th down from the 1 yard line as time expired in the first half. The touchdown put the Patriots up 14-7 at the half. It proved to be the winning score as neither team could score in the second half.

#11 Will Parrish throws a pass during the Patriots 14-7 victory over Beech.

#62 De’andre Burton tackles a Beech runner for a loss during Friday nights action.

(Tim Pharr photos)

Chamber Receives Tourism Marketing Grant

Paris, Tenn.- During a Paris – Henry County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors meeting on Thursday, Executive Director Travis McLeese announced that the Tennessee Department of Tourism has awarded the organization with a $10,000 grant to be used for tourism marketing.

The grant application included video creation, content development and subsidy for the Tennessee Vacation Guide advertising. In June of 2018, the Chamber released a two-minute general tourism video that has now been viewed over 80,000 times and has reached over 125,000 people. These funds will allow more videos to be created, focusing on shopping opportunities, restaurants Paris offers, the vibrant downtown Paris area, the parks and recreation opportunities and the music and culture.

Content will be developed for a shopping and eating guide, as well as sample itineraries that will stimulate ideas and develop better relationships with guests in the community.

The Tennessee Department of Tourism received 92 grant requests totaling $1,448,000, with only $1,000,000 available to distribute.                                                                                                 

GrowWell Website Announced

Henry County, Tenn.- The West Tennessee Delta Initiative has announced the launch of their new website for GrowWell West Tennessee. The site, located at www.growwelltn.org, can be used by individuals looking for a healthcare resource. In 2017 GrowWell impacted 25-thousand West Tennessee citizens by making small lifestyle changes. The program educates people through their classes on diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and obesity. The programs provided through the Delta initiative are a combined effort of multiple health care and social service organizations located in the 20 counties in rural West Tennessee.

Bethel University to Celebrate the Life of Chief Harris

McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University will celebrate the life of James Arthur Harris who passed suddenly on Thursday. Harris was the Chief of Security for the university. A memorial will be held at the Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment in the Crisp Arena on the Bethel Campus from 11am till time of service at 2pm. Dilday-Carter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Weakley, Houston County Among State's Highest Unemployment Rates

Nashville- The Department of Labor and Workforce Development released County Unemployment numbers Thursday afternoon showing the rates improved in 57 counties in July, remained the same in 19 counties and increased in 19 counties.

In our listening area, Weakley County had the highest unemployment rate in the state at 7.6%, up from 5.0% in June and up from 7.1% last July. Nearly 1200 of Weakley County’s workers were without a job in July according to the numbers.

Houston County continues to have some of the highest unemployment numbers in the state at 6.6%, currently the state’s 4th highest. That is up from 6.4% in June and up from 6.0% in July of last year. Numbers mean of Houston County’s estimated labor force of 3,140 about 210 of them were looking for work last month.

Henry County’s July 2018 unemployment rate came in at 4.8%, down from 4.7% in June and up from 4.4% last July. 690 of Henry County’s estimated labor force of 14,370 were looking for a job in July.

Benton County’s rate of 5.8% for July is up from 5.6% in June and up from 5.6% last July as well. 400 Benton Countians were searching for work in July.

Carroll County’s rate for July 2018 came in at 6.2% which is up from 5.8% in June and up from last year’s July rate of 5.3%. 740 Carroll Countians were searching for work this past month. Stewart County’s rate for this month was 5.7%, down from 5.8% in June and up from 5.4% last year.

Pats Travel to Austin Peay to Play Beech Friday Night

Clarksville, Tenn.- Henry County will travel to Austin Peay State University to play Beech for high school football action Friday night. If you can’t make the trip to Clarksville be sure and tune into our broadcast beginning at 6:30pm on WLZK 94.1FM, streaming online at wmufradio.com, or via your phone by calling 563-999-3349, just remember standard rates will apply on the phones. Henry County is 1-0 on the young season after a thrilling come from behind win last week at home against Haywood County.

Antioch Methodist Church Welcomes Back Former Minister Sun.

Springville, Tenn.- Antioch Methodist Church, located at 3116 West Antioch Road in Springville, will welcome former pastor Rev. Harrell Phillips as guest minister this Sunday at 9:30am. Special music on the violin will be provided by Madeleine Griffey.

Rev. Phillips was pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church from 1972-77. The last four years, Antioch Church was added as an extension ministry under the designation of the Lakeland Ministry. He received his education at East TN State, Vanderbilt Divinity School, Univ. of Memphis, and the Univ. of Cincinnati.  Everyone is invited this Sunday to attend.

American Legion Post 89 Holding Fried Chicken Dinner Sat.

Springville, Tenn.- The American Legion Post 89, at 4326 East Antioch Road in Springville, invites everyone to a Fried Chicken Dinner this Saturday August 25th beginning at 5pm. You get two pieces of chicken, creamed potatoes and gravy, green beans, roll, dessert, and drink for only $10. They will serve until all the chicken is gone. Follow the post on Facebook for future meals and events.

HCMC Learns About Medicare/Medicaid Reimbursements for 2019

HCMC BOT members learn about medicare and medicade among other things at Thursday's board meeting. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- CEO Lisa Casteel informed the Henry County Medical Center Board of Trustees at their meeting on Thursday night that the center for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced rates for 2019 should increase .7% which means about $83K for Inpatient services and .9% or over $82K for outpatient services.

Casteel said cardiology discussions are ongoing and several physicians who answered specifically for Paris as cardiologists of interests and she said they will be sure to ask which local physicians want to participate in the review process.

The HCMC will celebrate its 65th anniversary and 55th anniversary for the healthcare center with a celebration at the Heritage Center on Tuesday September 11th at 5:30pm.

The board welcomed Neely Ashby, Director of Surgical Services, who is serving as interim chief Nursing officer. She has served in that role since Cynthia Whitaker tendered her resignation at the end of June.

Casteel said that just this week alone 30 new patients have been seen in part due to McKenzie Hospital closing. Ashby said, OB is fully staffed, but we need RNs right now. They met with Bethel earlier Thursday to get those students back over in our building when they finish their program.

In other business the board approved capital spending in the amount of $135,803 for several pieces of equipment Thursday night including 6 hospital beds, a knee positioner, an a window air conditioner among other items.

HCMC BOT Welcomes Neely Ashby as Interim CNO

Paris, Tenn.- The HCMC board welcomed Neely Ashby, Director of Surgical Services, who is serving as interim chief Nursing officer. She has served in that role since Cynthia Whitaker tendered her resignation at the end of June. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris Fire Dept. Needs Vehicles for Extrication Training

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Fire Department is in need of twelve to fourteen donated vehicles for extrication training.

During the department’s March, 2019 in service training, firefighters will be participating in an advanced extrication class taught by Tennessee Fire and Codes Academy instructors.

In order to take full advantage of this training, the department will require 12 to 14 abandoned vehicles for demonstration and practice of the extrication techniques taught in the class.

If you have or know of any such vehicles please contact Chief Williams, Paris Fire Department at 731-642-1413.

BPU Water Plant USDA Loan Ready for Comm. Approval

Paris, Tenn.- The Board of Public Utilities Board of Directors met in regular session for August Thursday morning in quick fashion. General Manager of BPU Terry Wimberley said the loan for the Water Plant has finally cleared thru USDA-Rural Development and will be able to be approved by the City Commission at their September meeting.

The issue came up at August, but was put on hold due to some changes in the funding plan. The loan must remain at $7.2M and the plan has since been reviewed by the state.

Wimberley said financials for the first month of the fiscal year were all in pretty good shape as far as could be seen and were comparable or better than last year at this time. Cash was flat in Electric and Water and up some in Wastewater and positive net incomes were realized in water and wastewater with a negative in July for Electric.

Wimberley said the electric saw just below 5% loss of power numbers  which were very good for the fiscal year just ended and better than average. He said they have done 17 new HVAC loans and said the hot summer weather is likely the reason and BPU was earning $9500 in interest. The program is doing well.

The board approved, in a formality type action, all professional service providers at the meeting Thursday morning as well.

Mt. Pleasant Church Holding Homecoming Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- Mt. Pleasant Church, established in 1842, will hold its Annual Homecoming this Saturday. Services will be from 11am to 2pm and guest speaker is Assistant Minister from East Wood Church of Christ. Bring a Covered Dish and enjoy lunch and fellowship at Noon. For more information call 615-500-3144.

McKee Earns AHRA Fellow Degree

Paris, Tenn.- The Association for Medical Imaging Management has bestowed its prestigious distinction of Fellow on Billie McKee, CRA, FAHRA for their professional contributions, leadership, and commitment to the field of medical imaging.

The AHRA Fellow designation recognizes the significant contributions of AHRA members to the industry and our professional association. Using an evaluation point scale and meeting minimum point requirements, members may submit an application for Fellow status.

Billie McKee, CRA, FAHRA was officially recognized at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, during the AHRA Annual Meeting & Exposition in Orlando, FL.

McKee has worked for Henry County Medical Center for 14 years and Imaging Director and is now currently the Chief Human Resource Officer. Billie is very involved with several community programs including Henry County Quarterback Club and Relay for Life. She has 2 boys Kyle (21) and Avery (17). She is a member of Tennessee Valley Community Church.

“Billie is very dedicated not only to her profession of Imaging but also to the commitment of healthcare and to a service to her community,” said Lisa Casteel, HCMC CEO.  “It is a great opportunity to work with her and Grow Forward in our dynamics of healthcare.”

HCHS Golf Swept at Clarksville High

Jameson Robbins putts at Swan Lake.

Clarksville, Tenn.- Henry County was swept in golf action at Swan Lake Wednesday. The men's team shot a 178, but fell to Clarksville's 161. Individually Eli Ridgeway shot a 39, Dalton Dodd a 45, and Jameson Robbins and Jack Foster a 47.

In ladies' action the Lady Patriots shot a 98, Clarksville High shot an 83. Bentley Irby and Sydney Williams both shot a 49 individually.

Gas Board Learns of Safety Awards Won by PHCPUD

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Public Utility District met in regular session this week and General Manager Tae Eaton told the board that PHCPUD has been awarded the Tennessee Gas Associations’ Safety Brilliance Award for having zero injuries in the past year. The district also for the 9th year in a row won the American Public Gas Association’s Safety Award. Eaton said both of these are really nice awards and a measure of how the crews work hard every day to be safe on the job. The district has continuously won these type of awards and holds safety meetings often to try to improve.

Eaton reported that they are in the red for the month of July as expected but it was comparable to July the last two years. He said they would remain in the red until colder weather comes in late this fall or winter.

The board learned the Kentucky Public Service Audit for the Hazel Gas System went well and there were no findings. This audit is every 3 years.

The district currently has 11 service lines on backlog. Eaton said they are slowly catching up thanks to a drier period of weather over the last few weeks, they were behind 34 service lines.

JT's General Store Hosting Trade Days Saturday

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- JT’s General Store, located at 7030 Main St. in Cottage Grove will host its 2nd Trade day this Saturday August 25th beginning at 10am. Cheeseburgers or hotdogs, chips, drink and dessert will be available for purchase. Donations are being accepted as well for bake sale items and other items. Door prizes will be available.

If you have anything to sell, JT’s parking lot will be available for set up and there is no fee. All animals must be properly confied or leashed. For additional information call 782-3337.

If you have nothing to sell come browse or buy this Saturday at JTs General Store in Cottage Grove during their Trade Day!

Local Artist on Display Friday at Civic Center

Paris, Tenn.- Local artist Elanamarie Fitzgerald will have a solo art exhibit at Paris Civic Center on Friday August 24th from 1-5:30pm. Fitzgerald, who has been painting all of her life but seriously for the past 12 years, will have twenty to thirty oil paintings from her collection on display, many of which will be for sale. Musical entertainment will be provided by Luke Paschall along with refreshments to the free exhibit. Some of her art can also be seen online at www.isafineartgallery.com. A raffle will also be held for a 16X20 painting entitled “Painting of Maui” for $10 each.

Dolberry Captured in Lexington

Lexington, Tenn.- Gerald E. Dolberry, wanted for two counts of Criminal Attempt to Commit First Degree Murder after an incident that occurred last weekend at Crestview Manor has been captured in Lexington. Dolberry was added to the TBI's Top Ten Most Wanted List earlier this week. He was caputred in Lexington Wednesday afternoon according to TBI PIO Josh Devine.

HCSO Seeks Info on Lily Pad Burglary

Springville, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff's Office is currently offering a $1K reward for information that leads to the arrest and prosecution of subject or subjects involved in the burglary and felony vandalism at the Lily Pad, located at 14021 Hwy 79 N. in Springville. The vandalism was very extreme in this case. Contact Inv. Bryan Hall at 642-1672 or the hot line at 642-0929 with any information.

Drugs Found After Warrants Served

Paris, Tenn.- Cpl. Jim Sanders of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to Tanglewood Lane to serve felony warrants on Kevin Melton, age 41, of 160 Tanglewood and he was standing in the doorway. Melton was taken into custody without incident.

While at the residence, a woman refused to remove her hands from underneath the covers. Officers finally pulled the covers down and noticed a glass pipe with some meth residue. Consent to search was denied, so a warrant was obtained and 9.35 grams of crystalline substance was found. More charges could be pending.  

A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated a home on Edgar Cemetery Road had a minifridge, 48 inch flat screen TV, and a DVD player stolen when someone broke into it. The water was also left running in the home. Police are still looking for suspects.

Another report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated Sgt. Blake Jenkins took a report of a stolen vehicle from a lot on Hwy. 69N. A 2005 Silver Impala that was being worked on was missing. There are no suspects at this time.

Nichole Bray, age 35, of 351 Buchanan Resort Road, was arrested overnight and charged with simple possession of schedule two and possession of drug paraphernalia.

TN NWR Visitor Center Closed Saturday Aug. 25th Due to Staffing Shortage

Springville, Tenn.- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces a temporary closure for the refuge Visitor Center, located at 1371 Wildlife Drive in Springville, which is normally open Monday – Saturday from 8:00 – 4:00 pm. The center will be closed this Saturday, August 25, 2018 due to a staffing shortage. 

The Visitor Center will reopen Monday August 27th for normal hours. We sincerely regret the inconvenience to the public. We recommend the Hummingbird Banding Event held this Saturday, August 25th from 8:00 – 12:00 pm at Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge located at 643 Wildlife Road in Dover. 

Master bander Cyndi Routledge of Southeastern Avian Research will be on hand to conduct a hummingbird banding all morning with children’s crafts and activities ongoing. A program on hummingbirds will be given at 12:00 pm. 

The Friends of Cross Creeks NWR will host the event selling nature book store items including hats and t-shirts.  They will also have hot dog lunches for sale on the back patio. For more information, please contact the refuge office at 731-642-2091.

New Employees, Four Legged and Two Legged Introduced at PSSD BOE Meeting

Sgt. Michele Brewer with Jack stands in the center, to the left, sitting but not fully pictured is Sgt. Eddie Crosser and Buster, two new therapy dogs at PSSD. Sheriff Belew and SI were also on hand. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Special School District Board of Education met in regular session for August Tuesday night and were introduced to the newest employees. Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew introduced the new therapy dogs that work at the Paris Special School District. The board met Sgt. Michelle Brewer with Jack and Sgt. Eddie Crosser with Buster. Si was also on hand with the sheriff Tuesday night.

Sgt. Brewer said she had brought Jack into a room where a youngster was having some issues and it helped the boy overcome some fears and issues. The kids love him and it works. Sgt. Crosser echoed her statements and said, “this is a good program, Buster is tired at the end of the day, but the kids love him too.”

New teachers for the current school year were introduced at Tuesday night’s board meeting and a small reception was held with punch and snacks during the meeting. New teachers were Emily Lee at Rhea, Melanie White and Heather Bastyr at Paris Elementary. Brian Webb was introduced as new assistant principal at Inman and new teachers Emma Massey, Nick Coleman, Skylar Haley, Lorie McClain, , Sarah Anderson, Cordon Hight, Donna Davidson, and Carrie Jones. Refreshments were served for them at the meeting.

Board memebers and new teachers enjoy refreshments.

Board Learns TVAAS Scores; Approves Fundraising Policies

Board members discuss policies. (Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Superintendent Dr. Norma Gerrell informed the board the district and each school received level 5 in Tennessee Value added Assessment System scores. Dr. Gerrell said it is a great achievement and something we will be celebrating.

The board approved several new policies Tuesday night as new state laws take place at the first of July with the new fiscal year and new school year. Dr. Gerrell went over the laws briefly and answered questions the board had.

The board approved fundraising activities Tuesday night. Fundraising groups authorized by the PSSD BOE including the IMS Basketball Boosters, Football Boosters, Soccer Boosters, Softball Boosters, Chorus Steering Committee, Strings Steering Committee, IMS Beta, and IMS Band Steering Committee. Each booster club or steering committee can conduct 4 fundraisers for the 2018-19 school year. Parent groups recognized by the board include Rhea PTO, PES PTO, and Inman Parent Action Committee or PAC. Each Parent group can conduct up to 6 fundraisers for the school year.

Board Chairman Richard Edwards said they are doing the punch list and cleaning up and finishing up the Rhea project. The board also approved the physical therapy contract with HCMC. He also passed out director evaluations for the board to fill out.

Man Recently Released From TN Dept. of Corrections Arrested for Assault

Springville, Tenn.- Sgt. Blake Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office has charged Timothy Michael Crabtree, 34, of 210 Gismal St in Springville, with aggravated assault, burglary, theft of property, and public intoxication stemming from an incident that occurred Monday night around 8pm at Country Junction in Springville.

The press release from the Sheriff’s Office stated Crabtree was met at the door by the owner of the Country Junction store around 8pm Monday night who told him they were closed, but Crabtree forced his way into the store and began to beat the owner, causing serious bodily injuries. After beating the owner, Crabtree walked to the cooler and stole a 25 oz. beer.

Deputies arrived and found Crabtree still on the scene and took him into custody, placing him on $40K bond. The victim is currently at Vanderbilt Medical Center receiving medical treatment for his injuries.

Sheriff Monte Belew stated, “Mr. Crabtree was recently released from the Tennessee Department of Corrections after serving approximately 10 years on a voluntary manslaughter conviction from 2007 here in Henry County. I’d like to remind all citizens of Henry County you are your first line of defense until law enforcement can arrive on scene in any type of situation.”

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office does provide a handgun permit class. The next date the class is given will be September 22nd. Call 642-1672 and speak to Chief Deputy Damon Lowe for more information.

Paint Party to Raise Money for TN NWR This Thurs.

Springville, Tenn.- The Friends of Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge will hold their last paint party event this Thursday August 23rd at 5:30pm with snacks and painting at 6pm. Event goers can either paint a Bluebird or a sunflower. Paint party is set for the Visitor Center at 1371 Wildlife Drive in Springville. The cost to enter is $30. It is a fundraiser to pay for all local counties to come to the refuge for environmental education field trips. Call 642-2091 for more information or pay online at www.friendstnwr.org.

Townball and Clothes Washing Part of Homeplace 1850 Events This Weekend at LBL

Golden Pond, Ky.- The Homeplace 1850 at Land Between The Lakes will offer some events this weekend to take part in. Saturday August 25th from 1-3pm come see the precursor to baseball as townball was played all over the county and everywhere played with different rules. Sunday August 26th from 11am to 1pm you will see the way they washed clothes back in the 1850s without electric washing machines. For more information on events at LBL, log onto their website.

UTM Fall Classes Start Aug. 27th

Martin, Tenn.- Fall semester courses begin next Monday August 27th for students at the University of Tennessee at Martin. That includes all five educational outreach centers as well as the main campus. Incoming freshmen begin moving onto campus residence halls on Friday August 24th during Move-In Mania which kicks off Welcome Weekend and First-Year Initiative for new students.

Significant fall dates for students include Monday September 3rd, Labor Day no class, September 15th family weekend, October 15-16  Fall Break, October 27th Homecoming, November 21-23 Thanksgiving, December 10-14 Final Exams, and December 15th commencement.

All tuition and fee payments are due by August 22nd to avoid having course schedules dropped. Financial assistance refunds will be distributed during the week of September 10th. For more information on the process or assistance call the office of Undergraduate Admissions at 731-881-7020.

HC Office on Aging Holding Ribeye Sandwich Fundraiser Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Office on Aging will be holding a Ribeye Sandwich Fundraiser this Saturday August 25th from 10am to 3pm to help raise money for their trip in September to see The Ark Encounter/Creation Museum. The Henry County Sheriff’s Office will be grilling and you can get ribeye sandwiches, chips, and drink for $8 per person. All proceeds from the event will go towards expenses on the trip.

The sale will be at the Office on Aging, located at 55 Jones Bend Road Extended, at the Central School Building. This Ribeye sandwich fundraiser takes the place of an originally planned fish fry for this date. There will also be a bake sale and $50 gas card giveaway with $2 per entry required.

Chamber to Host Workshop for Employers Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce will host a workshop, “Tools for employers” this Thursday August 23rd that will focus on Jobs4tn.gov. The workshop is at the chamber office from 10am to 2pm and is free just RSVP by emailing pariscoc@paristnchamber.com. Lunch will be provided by Nobel Automotive. The workshop should help employers find employees with searches on the Jobs4tn.gov website.

Farmer's Market Open at 3pm Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- The Farmer’s Market will be open once again at the Fairgrounds at 3pm Tuesday afternoon. They have a huge variety still of freshly picked fruits and veggies along with homemade dessert items, breads, canned goods, and jams and jellies. The Farmer’s Market is also at the Fairgrounds at 3pm on Fridays.  

Own a Piece of Historic Gamlin Gym

current HC Athletic Director Mike Poteete and First AD Fred Patterson, who served in the role 29 years show off a piece of the floor. (HCHS photos)

Paris, Tenn.- With renovations taking place at Henry County High School, the Henry County community has the opportunity to own a piece of the historic Fred J. Gamlin Memorial Gymnasium floor. Contractors worked last week to remove the flooring in preparation for a new floor being laid before the 2018-19 basketball season.

Pieces of the original floor, which has been part of Gamlin Gym since opening in 1969, are now available. Floor pieces will be sold in pieces of 2 parkay squares by 2 parkay squares (approximately 1 foot by 1 foot) for $20. Pieces will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis at the HCHS Main Office (currently located in E building) between the hours of 9am - 2pm. Special size orders will be considered. For more information, please contact HCHS at 642-5232.

TBI Adds Dolberry to Most Wanted for Shooting At Crestview Manor

Paris, Tenn.- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has a new addition to its ‘Top Ten Most Wanted’ list: Gerald Eugene Dolberry.

Dolberry (DOB 8-6-87) is wanted by the Paris Police Department and TBI two face two counts of Criminal Attempt to Commit First Degree Murder. He should be considered armed and dangerous. This stems from an incident over the weekend where a man was shot 4 times at Crestview Manor Apartments.

Dolberry is an African-American man, who stands 5’7” and weighs approximately 156 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information about Dolberry’s whereabouts should contact the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND. There is a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to his arrest.

Carroll County Man Jailed for Violating Bond Conditions

Paris, Tenn.- A joint investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and deputies with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office has resulted in a Yuma man being returned to jail, after a judge determined he violated the conditions of his bond.

At the request of 24th District Attorney General Matthew Stowe, on July 6th, TBI Agents joined deputies in investigating the apparent shooting death of 64-year old Ben Cole Birdwell. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that Birdwell’s neighbor, David Herbert Anderson (DOB 11/17/1958), was the individual responsible for the death. Anderson was arrested on July 7th and charged with 2nd Degree Murder and Tampering with Evidence. On August 15th, Anderson posted a $150,000 bond, with an order not to be in possession of firearms while on bond. Over the weekend, Agents received information that Anderson had purchased ammunition from a Lexington store.

On Sunday, TBI Agents, Carroll County deputies and Tennessee State Troopers executed a search warrant at Anderson’s Yuma home. After Agents discovered a loaded shotgun and firearm ammunition, a judge ordered Anderson to be taken into custody for violating conditions of his bond. He is currently being held without bond in the Carroll County Jail.

HCSS Adds Safety Measures to 2018-19 School Year

Visitors at HCHS Monday Tony Lawrence and Missy Hamilton of the Prevention Coalition wear ID badges as part of the new safety features. (HCSS photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County School System will be adding two new safety measures this school year as part of their safe and supportive school initiatives. Beginning August 20th, visitors at each school will go through an enhanced security screening process that will check the national sex offender database before being issued a visitor pass.  The Visitor Management System from Raptor Technologies will take a visitor’s valid ID and scan a national database that will alert if the individual is a threat to students or staff, as well as custodial issues. When the entry is approved, Raptor will issue a badge that identifies the visitor’s name, the date, and the purpose of the visit. If a scan shows an alert, then a building administrator and/or SRO will meet the visitor in the school’s front office.

In addition to the visitor management system, the schools will also use an easy app called STOPit, which allows students to safely and anonymously report anything of concern to school officials – from cyberbullying to threats of violence or self-harm. Students can submit anonymous reports by text, photos, or video. Administrators are then able to manage and investigate the incidents and message with the reporter, which will allow school administration to address issues instantly.

STOPit empowers students to stand up for themselves and others while giving schools the information needed to keep students safe.

Director of Schools, Brian Norton, explains, “These two safety and security enhancements will serve as deterrents. STOPit provides an opportunity for our students to be heard and to have a voice. It provides students a means to say something when they see something. The RAPTOR will help us screen out registered sex offenders, manage custody issues, and respond to emergencies, giving us a better understanding of who is in our buildings.”

Local Communities Awarded Money in LPRF Grants

Nashville- Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Commissioner Dr. Shari Meghreblian today announced a series of grants totaling more than $15 million to help fund parks and recreation projects in Tennessee communities.

Of that, Paris and Henry County was awarded $500K for work with the splash pad going in at Eiffel Tower Park as existing parking lots will be expanded to 40 spaces including 3 handicapped spots with an ADA entrance; an added ADA facility, a youth spray zone feature with lighting; splash pad teen zone, and family zone and a family area including a tidal tank; and shade sails.

City Manager Kim Foster said the City has put forth 2/3 of the cost of the project and that helped it get the grant for $500K. Bids on the project are likely to come later this fall and early winter and dirt work start after that process. The splash pad will be operational either at the very end of the summer of 2019 if weather is nice over the winter and spring or at the latest, or more likely, the beginning of spring and summer in 2020. This award was already announced at a press conference in late July at Paris City Hall.

In McKenzie, $60K was awarded for commercial playground equipment and an engineered wood fiber surface for Mulberry Park and City Park and outdoor musical play elements, engineered wood fiber surface and landscaping for the splash pad.

The Carroll County Watershed Authority was also awarded $250K to continue developments at the recently constructed RV Park/Dam Side of the Lake. The proposed project will include a paved walking trail, construction of a pavilion, construction of additional paved parking at the pavilion, and existing comfort station, and site amentities. All project components will be ADA-compliant.

“Easy access to parks, trails, walking paths and other recreational facilities can make a good community a great community,” said Haslam. “These grants provide the resources needed to help make Tennessee an even more desirable place to live, work and raise a family.”

TDEC will award approximately $13.5 million in Local Park and Recreation Fund (LPRF) grants to 51 communities as well as approximately $2.1 million in Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grants to 15 parks, communities and organizations across the state.

“Local parks and recreational facilities provide a valuable service to communities,” said Meghreblian. “TDEC is happy to support these projects that lead to an increased quality of life for Tennesseans.”

The LPRF grant program was established by the General Assembly in 1991 to provide local governments with funds to purchase land for parks, natural areas, greenways and recreational facilities. The funds also may be used for development of trails and projects in parks, natural areas and greenways. All LPRF grants require a 50 percent match by the recipient.

Grant recipients were selected through a scoring process with careful consideration given to the projects that met the selection criteria and expressed the greatest local recreation need.

The RTP is a federally-funded program established to distribute funding for diverse recreation trail projects. The funds are available to federal, state and local government agencies, as well as nonprofit organizations that have obtained IRS 501 (c) (3) status and have a written trail management agreement with the agency that owns the property where the trail project is located.

RTP grants may be used for non-routine maintenance and restoration of existing trails, development and rehabilitation, trailside or trailhead facilities such as restrooms, kiosks and parking lots, construction of new trails and land acquisition for recreational trails or corridors.

Funding for RTP grants is provided by the Federal Highway Administration through the Fixing Americans Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. TDEC administers this grant program for the state. The maximum federal share for each project is 80 percent, with RTP grant recipients providing a 20 percent match. Grant recipients were selected through a scoring process with careful consideration given to the projects that met the selection criteria and expressed the greatest local recreation need. For more information, visit https://www.tn.gov/environment/program-areas/res-recreation-educational-services/res-recreation-educational-services-grants0.html.

Thefts Reported in City, County

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Alexis Lancaster of the Paris Police Department took a report of a theft of a handgun from a resident on N. Caldwell St. The resident came to find her safe had marks and was bent and she looked inside to notice the gun was gone. The value of the gun was around $300 and she did give police a possible suspect.

Another report at the Paris Police Department stated a home on Krista Cove was burglarized for the 2nd time in short time frame with $200 in change missing. The homeowners did give police a possible suspect.

Dep. Gary Carroll of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a 1987 Nissan truck that was stolen from a home on Shady Grove Road while the owner was out of town. The value of the truck is $2K and there are no suspects at this time.

Dep. Kyle Waldron of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to property on Hwy. 140 East where someone backed up and destroyed a pad lock and cable and pole on the property. There are no suspects and value of damage is around $600.

Dep. Stacey Bostwick took a report of theft from a home on Rolling Meadows. The victim was a trucker who has been on the road and is being evicted and came to check on things and found cabinet doors open and $200 missing. There was no forced entry at the residence.

Nearly $8K Raised so Far at Jeff Hamlin Memorial Golf Tourney

A large crowd preparing for the morning flight on Saturday. (Andrea Lamb photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Around 100 golfers competed in the annual Jeff Hamlin Memorial Golf Tournament on Saturday at the Paris Country Club. Organizers of the event say it was another great day with about 100 or more people coming out just for the live musical entertainment. Prizes were awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 5th place in both morning and afternoon flights and early estimates show around $8K was raised. The money will be donated to the Tennessee Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial in Bell Buckle, Tennessee. Jeff was a former Paris fire fighter and county commissioner who was killed in a wreck back in 2014.

Ryan Hamlin swinging his club during the tourney. (Kiimberly Hamlin photo)

Murray State to Present Two New Art Exhibits

Murray, Ky.- Murray State University Galleries and the Department of Art & Design present two new exhibits on campus: “Happy and Sad Rabbits” and “Innuendos.”

“Happy and Sad Rabbits” is a joint exhibition by artists Annie Strader and Matthew Weedman. It will be on display through Sept. 30 in the Clara M. Eagle Upper Gallery within the Price Doyle Fine Arts Building.
Strader and Weedman are interdisciplinary artists working with photography, sculpture, video, sound and performance. Their collaborative work examines personal history, issues of traditional gender roles and how these ideals are imbedded in objects, materials, images and sounds. In “Happy and Sad Rabbits,” the artists draw upon their research into the histories of early 20th century technology, consumer spiritualism or magic and their points of intersection to touch on themes of illusion, disappearance, absence and loss.
Strader and Weedman have worked together since 2012 and have had their work exhibited nationally. They also maintain active solo careers and other long-standing collaborations. Strader is a member of the Bridge Club, a performance and art collaborative, while Weedman is a member of the Flinching Eye Collective, a live experimental sound and multimedia group. Strader received her MFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder and her BFA from Ohio University. Weedman also attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and holds a bachelor’s degree in film studies, a bachelor’s degree in photography/new media and an MFA in sculpture and post-studio practices. They both presently hold the position of Byron K. Trippet Assistant Professor of Art at Wabash College.
“Innuendos” is an exhibit featuring ceramics by Kevin Kao. It will be on display in the Mary Ed Mecoy Hall Gallery within the Price Doyle Fine Arts Building through Sept. 19.
Born and raised in California, Kao is a ceramic artist following a sculptural tradition. His work has been featured in more than 40 exhibitions nationally and shown in several museums, galleries and publications. He is the recipient of the Warren MacKenzie Advancement Grant presented by the Northern Clay Center. Kao earned a bachelor’s degree in biology with emphases in ecology, evolution and animal behavior from the University of California at San Diego and an MFA in studio art with an emphasis in ceramics from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Kao currently resides in St. Louis, Missouri, and is an assistant professor of art at McKendree University.
“Lately, I’ve been thinking about bad jokes. Puns. Innuendo,” Kao wrote about his work. “My recent work explores humor, form and hubris as bad visual punchlines. […] This attention to craft and semantics allows me to probe into social sensitives, facilitating a dialogue between taste, kitsch and purpose.”
Admission to both exhibits is free and open to the public. 

Erin Man Charged in Wife's Murder by TBI

Nashville- Special Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, with the assistance of the Houston County Sheriff’s Office, have arrested and charged an Erin man in connection to his wife’s death this weekend.

On Saturday, at the request of 23rd District Attorney General Ray Crouch, TBI Agents and Forensic Scientists joined the investigation into the death of Donnita Spears, shortly after authorities from the Houston County Sheriff’s Office found the body of the 50-year-old at the family’s home in the 1800 block of Barber Highway. During the course of the investigation, authorities developed information leading to her husband, Kinney Louis Spears (DOB 8-30-66), as the individual responsible for the crime.

Authorities arrested Spears and charged him with one count of Criminal Homicide. At the time of this release, he was being held at the Houston County Jail on $100,000 bond.

Booze It And Lose It Campaign Underway with PPD, HCSO, THSO

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Police Department and Henry County Sheriff’s Office will once again partner with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office for its Booze it and Lose It Campaign from August 17th thru September 3rd. This campaign surrounds the Labor Day Holiday.

The initiative coincides with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” mobilization to increase impaired-driving enforcement nationwide.

The Paris Police Department and Henry County Sheriff’s Office will be out in full force looking for DUI offenders, High Drivers, and Distracted Drivers. A zero tolerance approach will be directed towards these offenses to aid in the safety of Citizens in Paris and Henry County.

Grant funding is provided by the THSO to support increased enforcement during the Booze it and Lose It campaign. For more information go to www.tntrafficsafety.org

Paris PD Investigating Shooting At Local Apartment Complex

Paris, Tenn. - According to a press release from Captain Ricky Watson of the Paris Police Department, on Saturday, August 18th, at approximately 1 a.m. officers responded to Crestview Manor Apartments on a call of shots fired.

Upon arrival, officers located 4 bullet casings, but no suspects or victims. About the same time, a subject arrived at Henry County Medical Center Emergency Room with multiple gunshot wounds.

The victim, a 43 year-old-male from West Memphis, Arkansas advised that he and his fiance' were in town for a wedding on Saturday. The couple was staying with friends at Crestview Manor and were on their way to the apartment when they encountered a black male sitting on the steps, along with two black females and a white female. Words were exchanged between the victim and the suspect, when the suspect pulled out a gun and shot the victim.

After getting struck at least 4 times, the victim was able to make it to the car, which also sustained a gunshot and drove to the emergency room.

The suspect ran into the apartment and was last seen running around the 4 building. The suspect, who is described as a black male, short hair and has yet to be identified. A possible suspect is being sought for questioning.

There are multiple charges pending on several individuals and the Paris Police Department is asking for any witnesses to contact the department at 731-642-2424, or call Captain Ricky Watson at 731-641-1478.

Rotary Club Collects Nearly $2400 in Cash; Loads of Food for Weekend Backpack Program

Donna Craig collects food items for the Rotary Club's service project to add the 2nd graders to the weekend backpack program on  Saturday at Walmart. (Randi Allen photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Rotary Club was stationed at Lakeway IGA, Kroger, Walmart, Cash Savers, and Sav-A-Lot from 8am until Noon on Saturday collecting monetary donations and food items to help add 100 2nd grade students to the weekend backpack program at Rhea Elementary. Rotarian Randi French, who spearheaded the service project for the club, said it was an amazing day and the turnout and giving from our community was wonderful.

“We collected $2,385 in cash and all kinds of food items plus more money and food will be coming in throughout the week, it was a great day seeing our community give to such a great cause,” French said.

The weekend backpack program was started in 2014 and currently serves the Pre-K, Kindergarten, and 1st Graders in the PSSD and the Rotary Club’s plan is to help add the 2nd graders to the list. The estimated cost to add 100 2nd graders is around $10,800 per school year.

HCMC First Acute Care Hosp. In West TN to Implement AHA RQI Program

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center is the first acute care hospital in West TN to implement the American Heart Association’s Resuscitation Quality Improvement (RQI®) program.

“RQI is a new and truly innovative program that has transformed the way hospitals view CPR competency for their staff,” said Christy Futrell, Director of Development for the American Heart Association’s West TN Go Red For Women and West TN Heart Walk.  “Currently, hospital staff are required to attend a CPR class once every two years. Our science has proved that CPR skills decay occurs in as little as three months.”  

Enter: RQI. Hospital staff members practice their CPR skills at the point of care (on a hospital floor), using real-time audio-visual feedback in 10-minute sessions every 90 days to achieve and maintain high-quality skills. Healthcare providers using RQI report feeling more confident with their skills, and RQI Analytics prove that CPR quality is improved.  

“This is truly a training program of excellence,” said Lisa Casteel, HCMC CEO.  “Finally, a program for our partners to not only read, but ‘DO’ and continuously stay up-to-date.  Our staff, patients, providers, and community will all benefit from the rigor and skills of this program.”

The RQI program has been developed through a unique collaboration between the Association and Laerdal Medical, wherein the Association provides expertise in evidence-based research and best-practice guidance, and Laerdal Medical provides proven simulation/learning technology.

Utilizing a variety of learning tools with an emphasis on skills mastery through low-dose, high-frequency sessions and performance feedback, the RQI program offers three components: cognitive, psychomotor skills and simulated patient cases.

• Cognitive may involve interactive lectures, videos or web-based content and is targeted to specific provider groups within the hospital and in other healthcare settings.

• Psychomotor Skills sessions monitor and report RQI metrics and equipment used in the healthcare setting, utilizing performance measurements completed within the healthcare facility’s clinical units.

• Simulated Patient Cases require students to assess and treat a virtual patient care scenario and are integral to assessing a student’s ability to apply their RQI skills to a real patient case.

During the skills session/assessment, students are provided real-time, audio/visual feedback through a laptop, and student performance data is archived in a learning management system (e.g. compressions of adequate rate and depth, full chest recoil, minimal interruption to compressions, avoidance of excessive ventilation). This data is used to track and document individual student performance.

“RQI is the gold-standard for resuscitation quality improvement and skills maintenance within hospitals,” said Futrell. “There is no other program for medical professionals that addresses skills decay and provides objective feedback. Hospitals credit RQI as a catalyst for a Culture of Resuscitation Excellence in their organization. Above all else, RQI is a clinical quality improvement program that saves lives.”

KSP Arrests Mayfield Man After Multi-County Pursuit

Mayfield, Ky.- Trooper Aaron Jestes was on routine patrol on US 62 in Carlisle County, when he noticed a motorcycle driving reckless and at a high rate of speed at approximately 1:52 A. M on August 18, 2018.  Trooper Jestes attempted to stop the motorcycle, but the operator, Derek F. Brown, 35 of Mayfield, KY., fled from the Trooper in an attempt to get away at speeds over 100 MPH.   KSP pursued the motorcycle in Carlisle, Hickman and into Graves County.  Brown eventually stopped at the intersection of US 58 and US 45, but fled on foot.  KSP and a deputy from Graves County Sheriff’s Office were able to apprehend him at approximately 2:52 A.M.  Brown was charged with DUI 3rd offense, driving on a DUI suspended license, Wanton Endangerment1st degree- police officer, fleeing or evading police 1st motor vehicle, fleeing or evading police1st on foot, reckless driving, no registration plate, no insurance, and speeding.  Brown was lodged in the Graves County Jail.  

The investigation continues by KSP Trooper Aaron Jestes.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police Post 1 at 270-856-3721 or anonymously at 1-800-222-5555.  Citizens may also report tips anonymously through the KSP app.  The app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android applications and can be easily downloaded free of charge through Apple and Google Play stores.

Patriots Come From Behind Late to Win Season Opener

Ethan Thompson hauls in one of his 7 catches on the night.

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriots football team defeated Haywood County at home Friday night with a last minute come from behind thriller 29-26. Quarterback Will Parrish hit Ethan Thompson with a 5 yd. pass in the endzone and the two point conversion was good with just 4.9 seconds left on the clock. Thompson had 7 catches on the night and 190 yards receiving. Henry County will play at Austin Peay next Friday night against Beech. (Tim Pharr photos)

Top photo #35 Alex Coalfield and other Patriots bring down a Haywood Co. RB. Bottom photo #5 Jalyn Foster carries the ball for the Big Red.

KSP Arrests Puryear Woman on Felony Theft Charge

Murray, Ky.- The Kentucky State Police arrested Rebecca A. Billington, 36 of Puryear, TN and charged her with Theft By Unlawful Taking Over $500, and under $10,000, a Class D felony.  KSP was contacted by the Calloway County Extension Office, where Billington had previously been employed, about personall charges on a company credit card made by her.  After a short investigation KSP was able to obtain an arrest warrant.  Billington was arrested without incident today and lodged in the Calloway County Jail.

The investigation continues by KSP Trooper Eric West.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police Post 1 at 270-856-3721 or anonymously at 1-800-222-5555.  Citizens may also report tips anonymously through the KSP app.  The app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android applications and can be easily downloaded free of charge through Apple and Google Play stores.

Applications Available Now for HC Leadership Class

Paris, Tenn.- Applications are now available for the 2018-2019 Leadership Henry County Program. This community development program, designed by the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce, aspires to encourage both community awareness and leadership development with a diverse group of individuals each year. 

This program allows participants to get a behind the scenes look at many of the core components of the Henry County community. The schedule will include 8 monthly sessions focused on Team/community Building, Economic Development, Education, Healthcare, Government, Tourism, History and Arts, and Agriculture. Beginning in October of 2018 and ending in May of 2019, each session will consist of guest speakers, tours, and activities. 

“As a recent graduate of the program, I can attest that participants will learn something new and exciting about Henry County each month,” commented Betsy Allison, Chair of Leadership Henry County. “Our community has a rich, vibrant, history that is matched by only its future. Leadership Henry County is designed for leaders who want to know more about this community and want to play an active role in making sure Henry County continues to be a fantastic place to work and live.”

Full participation is required. Any class member missing more than two sessions will not graduate. Deadline to apply is Friday, August 31st. Those selected to participate will be notified shortly after. Tuition for Leadership Henry County is $325.

“So often we get tunnel vision and overlook all of the incredible things that are happening in our community daily. Our goal for this program is to not only inform our leaders of everything that makes Henry County special, but to inspire them to be the best leader they can be,” added Travis McLeese, Executive Director of the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce.

To apply contact the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce at (731) 642-3431 or by emailpariscoc@paristnchamber.com. 

Rotary Club Holds Radiothon; Collecting Money and Food for Backpack Program Saturday

Paris Rotary President Tory Daughrity and Randi French talk live on WMUF 104.7FM about collection areas Saturday. (Gary Benton photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Several members of the Paris Rotary Club were in the studios of WMUF on Friday holding a radiothon from 7am to Noon with WMUF News Director Tim Alsobrooks. They discussed the service project the rotary club has undertaken in trying to add the 2nd grade at the PSSD to the weekend backpack program.

The weekend backpack program was started in 2014 where snacks were sent home on Friday discreetly to students who might not have been getting meals over the weekend. The program now serves about 250 students at the PSSD in Prek, Kindergarten, and 1st grade. Adding 2nd graders would cost a little over $10,800 per year.

The Rotary Club plans to be at area grocery stores from 8am to Noon on Saturday collecting money and/or food donations for the program. They will be at Lakeway IGA, Walmart, Kroger, Cash Savers, and Sav-A-lot.

HCHS Golf Sweeps Dickson, Calloway at PLSP

Buchanan, Tenn.- Henry County swept matches from Dickson County and Calloway County at Paris Landing on Thursday. In men's action Henry County shot a 165, beating Dickson's 169 and Callwoay County's 194. Individually Dalton Dodd shot a 39, Eli Ridgeway a 40, Jack Foster a 41, and Jameson Robbins a 45.

For the Ladies, Henry County shot an 89 beating Calloway County's 112 and Dickson County's 114. Sydney Williams shot a 35 and Raven Page a 52.

July Unemployment Rate Remains Low and Steady at 3.5%

Nashville- Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips released the statewide unemployment rate for July 2018, and for the third consecutive month the statistic has remained at a historically low 3.5 percent.

Tennessee’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has not only remained unchanged since May, it mirrors the 3.5 percent recorded during the same time period in 2017.

Companies also continued the trend of new job creation across the state. Between June and July, Tennessee employers bolstered the state’s economy by adding 2,500 new nonfarm jobs.

“Tennessee’s economy is strong and that shows in both a continuous low unemployment rate and the creation of more new jobs,” Haslam said. “We have worked hard to get to where we are, by creating an environment in Tennessee where businesses can thrive and building strong workforce development programs that are paying off for both citizens and employers.”

Over the past 12 months, nonfarm employment in Tennessee has increased by 56,300 jobs. The largest increases occurred in the state’s leisure/hospitality, professional/business services, and education/health services sectors.

“It’s encouraging to see so many new jobs coming to Tennessee,” Phillips said. “We have the state’s business services teams out in communities across the state, working closely with companies, to ensure they have a qualified workforce to fill those positions.”

While Tennessee’s unemployment rate remained unchanged during July, the national unemployment rate ticked down during the time period. At 3.9 percent, the seasonally adjusted rate decreased by 0.1 of a percentage point compared to the previous month.

The statewide unemployment rate is seasonally adjusted to eliminate the influences of weather, holidays, the opening and closing of schools, and other recurring seasonal events from an economic time series.

Tennesseans who are searching for employment opportunities can access the latest job openings, update their resumes, and sharpen their job interview skills by visiting the state’s workforce website.

Grub Club To Meet Again Tues. Aug. 21st

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce’s next Grub Club is set for Tuesday August 21st at Noon. Margaret Prater, executive director of the Northwest Tennessee Workforce Development board will be the guest and discuss Workforce Development in the region. Lunch is provided and the event is free but you must RSVP by emailing pariscoc@paristnchamber.com. The event will be held at the Chamber located at 2508 East Wood St.

Next Shepherds Table Meal Planned for Tues. Aug. 21st

Paris, Tenn.- The Shepherd's Table will be having their next supper on Tuesday, August 21st, at the First Presbyterian Church, located at 19835 E. Main Street. Dining will begin promptly at 5:15pm and the kitchen will be open until 6:45pm. Anyone hungry or seeking fellowship for a meal is invited.

The Shepherd's Table is a Community Kitchen created by the members, volunteers and friends of the First Presbyterian Church of Huntingdon. Lead by Chairman and church member, David Ray Carter, the group achieves its mission each month of feeding all that come through the door.

Everyone that attends The Shepherd's Table is treated as a guest and served restaurant style. Guests are taken to a table and seated by a volunteer that takes their order for supper and their drink. Supper also includes a delicious dessert. The volunteers also do all of the cleanup, as well. The guests are asked to simply enjoy a delicious meal compliments of the hard-working kitchen staff.

The mission of the Community Kitchen was to serve as many people in need of a hot meal as possible. The community kitchen's success is dependent upon guests attending, volunteers and donations. If you know of someone that needs a hot meal or would just prefer to not eat alone please inform them about The Shepherd's Table or better yet bring them by and join.

More information about volunteering or donating to the Shepherd's Table may be obtained by calling The First Presbyterian Church of Huntingdon at (731) 986-5642. If no answer, please leave a message, someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

The next two suppers have already been planned for September 18th and October 16th, the third Tuesday of the month, at the First Presbyterian Church Of Huntingdon.


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